- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hundreds of Delaware students turned out Wednesday to honor a deceased veteran as his remains were transferred from Dover Air Force Base to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The Gold Star family of Army Staff Sergeant John Perry was recently booed on a Nov. 14 American Airlines flight from Sacramento to Delaware to meet their son’s remains. Students from Fred Fifer III Middle School sought to send a different message on Wednesday by lining up to honor the fallen soldier’s procession.

“Needless to say, this family needs a bit of faith restored,” Caesar Rodney School District communications specialist David Chambers said in a statement, a local ABC affiliate reported Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Perry, 30, died Nov. 12 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in an attack by a Taliban suicide bomber. A memorial for the combat instructor was held in Stockton, California, but not before the booing incident after a pilot’s announcement.

“I believe that the passengers knew there was a Gold Star family on board,” Stewart Perry told Army Times Nov. 18. “The woman sitting directly behind us touched me on the shoulder and asked if I was the father of the soldier killed in Afghanistan.”

Wednesday’s show of support in Delaware included student Jaxon Kopp, who wore his Boy Scout uniform specifically for the procession.

“I know that soldiers have died for me and my freedom and I wanted to respect that,” the student said. “It made me feel happy that people still do respect America and respect the people who have fought for us.”

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